The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) was extensive legislation enacted on February 17, 2009 in an effort to stimulate the economy. The Act included $787 billion in government spending to promote economic growth, including spending on health care initiatives. The $787 billion in the Act has been allocated to twenty-eight different federal agencies to be used pursuant to the guidelines in the Act for programs sponsored by those agencies.
Of particular interest to the health care community is the legislation within ARRA called Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (the "HITECH Act"), which is intended promote the exchange of electronic health information to improve quality and patient safety.
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